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On Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at approximately 5:42 p.m., officers shot and killed an armed suspect that was driving a stolen vehicle that was taken during a residential robbery that occurred in Riverside County on May 9, 2005.
An Auto Theft Detective in an unmarked police vehicle was on an unrelated surveillance in the area of 21st Street and Olive Avenue, when the suspect vehicle, a blue 1996 Buick Regal drove by. The detective ran the suspectís license plate as he drove by and discovered the vehicle had been stolen in the robbery. The detective requested back-up and continued to follow the suspectís vehicle. As the back-up units began arriving, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed and a pursuit was initiated.
The suspect traveled on both surface streets and on the freeway driving through several cities that included Carson, Torrance, San Pedro and Wilmington. The suspect was attempting to exit the 110 Harbor Freeway at the Pacific Coast Highway, when he crashed into the off-rampís guardrail. He stalled momentarily until driving off and re-entering the City of Long Beach. The suspect continued driving eastbound on Anaheim Street until stopping his vehicle on Anaheim Street, just east of Redondo Avenue in a shopping center parking lot. The suspect then exited his vehicle, holding a handgun in his hand and began running towards the businesses. Officers, fearing for their safety and the safety of others, fired at the suspect striking him multiple times. As the suspect was being struck by gunfire, he dropped the handgun and immediately began reaching into his pocket for what was later learned to be a second handgun. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect is only being identified as a male Hispanic in his late 30ís at this time. The Los Angeles County Coronerís Office will determine the suspectís identity.
The shooting will be investigated by the Long Beach Police Departmentís Homicide Detail, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorneyís Office.
This information is preliminary and has not been completely verified. It is based in part on hearsay and is intended for early information use rather than being a formal investigative report. This information is available in an alternative format by request to Community Relations Division at (562) 570-7215.
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